Once you invest in some beautiful makeup brushes, it’s important to look after them properly. Not only will this help make them last for years to come, it’ll also make sure that all of the built up oils, debris, bacteria, and makeup is sudsed off of them as well. Otherwise, dirty brushes can begin causing you a list of different skin issues, such as breakouts and even dermatitis.
The solution is simple: A weekly deep cleanse. All you need are your brushes and 2 different cleansing products to get started.
Here’s how I like to get the job done.
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Separate your synthetic brushes from your natural ones, as they’ll need to be cleansed using different methods.
Wet the bristles with lukewarm water, making sure to always avoid getting any of it near the base of the brush head. This will help prevent the glue from disintegrating and the bristles from shedding.
Use an appropriate cleanser for each bristle type. Natural brushes are best washed with something gentle, such as the beautyblender solid cleanser. Synthetic brushes on the other hand, are used for liquid and cream makeup products, so it’s important to clean them with something tougher, such as Dawn Dish Soap. This will help cut through the oils and waxes that tend to cake and dry within the bristles of the brush.
Once the cleansing product is applied, swirl the bristles of your brush into the palm of your hand to thoroughly distribute the cleanser throughout them.
Keep rinsing out the bristles until the water runs clear and then gently squeeze them out.
Reshape the brush head and sit them to dry on a cloth with the bristles hanging off of the edge of your bathroom counter. (Try not to let the bristles touch the fabric as this can give them mildew!)